Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Wasaga Beach Open for Business

Remember when this happened late last year? And, remember when I shared with you my ideas for revitalizing and re-building the beach? Well, guess what? This amazing community has got a plan in place and it will be ready for Queen Victoria Weekend on May 16th! I'm sticking my chest out (small as it may be) out like a proud Mama. I can't wait.

One of Ontario's premiere holiday destinations and one of Canada’s few Blue Flag Beaches, with 14 kilometres of clean white sand and crystal clear waters; with great weather, abundant restaurants, accommodations and shopping that already attracts nearly two million visitors every summer, is about to embark on an ambitious period of growth. Love my beach.

And I love it more because it's a Blue Flag beach now! Wasaga Beach was the first provincial park in Canada to raise the prestigious Blue Flag which lets the world know Wasaga Beach is safe, clean and environmentally friendly. In order to receive a Blue Flag a beach must meet 27 different criteria under four headings: water quality, environmental education, environmental
management, and safety and services. Wasaga Beach has 6 Ministry of Natural Resource managed sandy beach areas along 14 kilometers of fresh water. The Blue Flag program is administered internationally by the Foundation for Environmental Education, a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization consisting of member organizations representing 36 counties.
In Canada, the Blue Flag program is administered by Environmental Defense, a registered Canadian Charity. Environmental Defense is a member of the Foundation for Environmental Education. The Blue Flag is an exclusive eco-label awarded to over 3300 beaches and marinas in 36 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, New Zealand, Canada and the Caribbean.